Antioch police chief announces ‘top down’ assessment of K9 policy in response to FBI’s criminal investigation of his officers

ANTIOCH — Days after this news organization reported that the eight Antioch officers under criminal investigation include a K9 cop whose dog bit 22 people over three years, the city’s police chief announced he is conducting a “top down assessment” of the use of police dogs.

At a City Hall news conference next to two City Councilwoman — including one of the city’s biggest police critics in past years — Chief Steven Ford said he hopes to implement an “early intervention system to better track and monitor” the use of police dogs in Antioch. The FBI and Contra Costa District Attorney are investigating eight Antioch officers and three Pittsburg officers for suspected crimes of moral turpitude, including police violence, illegal drug use, and other potential offenses, and a grand jury has convened to consider an indictment against multiple officers.

“This will allow the organization to identify potential patterns, and more importantly develop corrective measures when necessary,” Ford said.

Ford said he is also exploring options with the city’s IT department to ensure department-issued cellphones are “exclusively used in a business capacity.” Multiple law enforcement sources have told this news organization that federal agents seized more than one officer’s phone during the course of the criminal probe, which was publicly announced last March.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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